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A Guide to Earthquakes

What causes tremors? What makes them stop? Can they be predicted? Are our buildings as safe as they can be?

  • April 27, 2015

Earthquake Deflection Takes a Tiny Step

Building on light-cloaking work, physicists took a small step toward the goal of shielding cities from earthquakes by deflecting incoming energy. David Biello reports


April 6, 2014 — David Biello

A Few Hundred Smartphones Could Catch Earthquakes Early

Thanks to their GPS systems, smartphones in an array could pick up movements indicating the onset of an earthquake and provide extra seconds of early warning. Cynthia Graber reports  


April 15, 2015 — Cynthia Graber


The tragedy in Turkey may aid earthquake forecasting

December 1, 1999 — Simon LeVay

Riding the Rumble

A $400,000 house is given a good shaking in the name of science

October 1, 2000 — Simon LeVay

Tsunami: Wave of Change

In the tragic aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, scientists and warning centers are now better equipped to forecast and model these monstrous waves

January 1, 2006 — Eric L. Geist, Vasily V. Titov and Costas E. Synolakis

How do earthquakes stop?

David Oglesby, a geophysicist at the University of California, Riverside, shakes out a response.

April 9, 2008

The Threat of Silent Earthquakes

A lack of rumbling does not necessarily make an earthquake harmless. Some of the quiet types could presage devastating tsunamis or larger, ground-shaking shocks

March 1, 2004 — Peter Cervelli